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Mildenhall 1 v 0 Woodbridge

Report by Rob Binns


Woodbridge Town suffered a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Mildenhall Town despite matching them for most of the game.

Two defensive mistakes proved to be the difference with Ollie Hughes twice taking advantage to earn his side the three points.

It was the worst possible start for the Peckers as they fell behind inside the opening 20 seconds when the ball was played back to Alfie Stronge from kickoff but he unfortunately lost his footing allowing Hughes to run through and roll into the empty net.

They were awarded a penalty four minutes later when Jamal Wiggins was penalised for a nudge in the back of Hughes. Alfie Connor stepped up to take it but Stronge atoned for his earlier error and got down well to his left to save.

The penalty save rallied the Peckers and they pulled themselves into the game making the rest of the first half a much more even display despite the lack of chances.

Woodbridge’s first real sight of goal came two minutes after the break when Armani Schaar crossed to the back post for Ben Monteith-Weed but he was unable to get clear contact on the ball resulting in a weak effort.

They were temporarily reduced to 10 men shortly after when Kubi Kussan was given a 10-minute sin bin for dissent following his reaction to a foul being given against the Peckers.

Woodbridge had another opportunity in the 52nd minute when Kane Webster nipped in just ahead of the centre-halves to reach a long ball forward but he could only flick it wide under heavy pressure from the two defenders and the onrushing goalkeeper.

The Peckers went close after 61 minutes when Ben Monteith-Weed opened up space to shoot from a wide angle. He attempted to beat the keeper at his near post but Josh Pope got enough contact to turn into onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

Mildenhall had two chances in quick succession in the 65th minute. Firstly when Ben Nolan drove forward past three players and got a shot away in the box only to be denied by a stunning tackle from Sean Rea.

A goalmouth scramble ensued from the resulting corner requiring multiple defensive blocks from the Peckers to keep the ball out, the most crucial of which came from Jack Finlinson on the goal line.

The hosts doubled their lead shortly after when a long ball over the top wasn’t dealt with by Rea before Hughes blocked Wiggins’ attempted clearance. The striker picked up the loose ball himself, rounded Stronge and fired past Wiggins on the line.

Woodbridge went close again in the 78th minute when Wiggins rose highest to meet Evan Bolt’s wide free-kick but he could only head wide.

The Peckers had another chance when the ball sat up kindly for Billy Clark on the edge of the box. He set his body well and struck a volley towards the bottom left corner which Pope got down well to save.

Ultimately two defensive errors cost Woodbridge in an exciting matchup that will go again at the Homestyle Ground next Saturday. Before that though Long Melford are our visitors on bank holiday Monday.

 

Mildenhall: Pope, Nolan, Wigley, Butcher, Capel, Kaye (Robinson 77), Chambers-Shaw (Swinton 77), Connor (Steed 62), Hughes (Robson), Call (Twinn 77), Anderson


Woodbridge: Stronge, Schaar (Curran 90), Keeble, Clark, Wiggins, Rea, Finlinson, Bolt, Webster (Crowe 70), Kussan, Monteith-Weed Unused: Higgs

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